Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle issued a statement Sunday afternoon which basically apologizes for negative comments he made about small forward Chandler Parsons following Friday’s 118-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After some soul-searching on what he told the media about Parsons, Carlisle’s statement said:
“It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night. I have apologized to him and the entire team for his error in judgment.
“Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest working players and the kind of high character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise. I also made it clear to our players and staff this morning that this type of bad example is not acceptable and beneath the dignity of a championship organization like the Dallas Mavericks.’’
Following the loss to the Thunder, Carlisle said of Parsons: “Parsons looked tired out there out there tonight -- his shot was short. He’s working on losing some weight -- he’s a little bit heavier than he’s been.
“He’s up over 230 and we’d love to see him get down to at least 225, so that’s a work in progress. (Friday was) one of those nights where I think the extra weight was a hindrance.’’
Against the Thunder, Parsons was just 4-of-12 from the field, 1-of-6 from 3-point range, but also picked up six rebounds and six assists while scoring nine points. The four-year veteran went out of his way to bulk up just in case the Mavs need him to occasionally back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward.
“He’s gotten stronger, but he’s been playing at 215 (pounds) for his first three years,” Carlisle said of Parsons following Friday’s contest. “An increase of 18-20 pounds is just too much, and we talked about it (Friday), we talked about it a lot.
“He’ll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra seven or eight pounds aren’t helping.”
Parsons is listed as 227 pounds on the Mavs’ training camp roster. Carlisle just wants him fit and ready to go and able to contribute without any limitations in regards to his weight.
“I don’t mean to call him out in public or anything, it’s just a fact,” Carlisle said after Friday’s game. “He’s an important guy for us.
“We need him to get to his right conditioning and weight level so he can play his best, because we’re going to need him to play a lot of minutes over the course of 82 games.”